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cancer program. we have 11 of those and they want to not amend the charter but include a cancer and heart pneumonia presumption which i think is identical to the heart and pneumonia that exist in the police and fire plans. the third was a request of then president request that i provide a briefing memo to the retirement board related to what we expect to the the impact of the california supreme court decision denying the petitions for review of the appeals court decision for the benefits program. this is the information we have at the current time. until we have the opportunity to review a final order and make sure that we understand how to administer that final order. we can't really give an estimated timeline as to when
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these pajs will be made. we really don't even know when we can expect the final order coming from this in this case superior court. we assure retirees when we have the order we will make those retroactive payments to those as soon as possible. >> any discussions on this report? yes? >> a couple questions of the executive director. first of all i see the blackout list that you provided for various service providers including public equity and global custody. we talked about the hedge fund and that's been on the list for a few months. can you give us an idea how long they have been on the blackout period especially for the local custody. how long have
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they been on the blackout list? >> at least 18 months. >> 18 months is a long time. >> it is, we initiated it and we need to reengage callen as a consultant. and the board had approved finalist for just the custody piece and not the lending piece and the next steps we need to give all of them the opportunity to renew their bids or update their bids because they are now stale bids and we intend to proceed and get that going. securities lending piece of the business was not initiated and again we have rfp's responses but we have taken no action on that. >> when would you guess this would be on the blackout list. how long do you think it will take to accomplish this task? >> it will easily take us
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beyond this calendar year. >> next on the list when will that be done? >> that has been on the less probably less than a year but it is suspended and my direction at this point but it's still an on going rfp. we are not canceling it until we have hired a permanent director for the program to determine whether these services are necessary. >> and the hedge fund has been on there for 2 months and looks like we are moving forward for that. the last one governance consultants? >> that's been on less than 2 months. it closed before the last meeting. we got three responses. >> okay. that looks like it will be resolved quickly. >> i'm going to draw everyone to the
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minutes of last meeting where it states: commissioner report identify specific funds by name. this has been 1 month later. i have not gotten a response yet. i have also sent e-mail to staff and have not gotten a response on that. so when may i get a response to this? and what i'm asking for is simply the names of the private equity firms that the board has invested during this period. this report was presented by torrey cove. >> it was my understanding that you had been provided the information. >> no i have not. i will acknowledge the receipt. >> did you? >> it was on the e-mail. >> yeah, i was on there too. >> i apologize that. i don't recall getting it. >> i understood it had already been
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provided. it was not under my radar. >> i didn't recall getting it. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. i have a question for the executive director. the supreme court made a significant ruling that people can get married. i was wondering if there are lgbt folks can get married and their marriage would stand equal before the law. i was wondering if that has an impact on our city employees ability to get benefits or to enroll their partners? >> i'm proud to say san francisco was a good 15 years well ahead of the supreme court. back in 2000, we made sure that our plans conformed to when it mentioned spouse it included spouses of same sex. legal marriage was always
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recognized for continuation benefits as well as for continuation of health benefits in the event of retired members death. >> all right. that's good to hear. let's take public comment. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. please call the next item. >> any board members have anything they would like to bring up? >> i want to keep things moving along but we spent a lot of time talking about the hiring issue. the point i was trying to make about the use of the consultant without their participation when i was doing my own due diligence on the strategies. among the groups i spoke to was one in new york city. i spoke to them for a couple of
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reasons. they are a rather large and rather sophisticated. they took credit for the work done there. it's one of the reasons we wanted consultants who had experience and knowledge and depth and capacity. that is in the bullet points that we'll bring up next time. i bring that good order of information now. >> thank you very much. >> one quick comment. we were talking about getting this position filled. i just want to temper that and acknowledge that all the people that you have been hiring and all the searching you have done is very time consuming. i didn't want to do that and bringing all of these changes. i want to say i see a lot happening here and it's all very positive. thank
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you. >> okay. we'll take public comment. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. could you please call the next item. thank you. >> no. 19, discussion item retirement board members report and comments. cohen, bridges and mac ras has reports. >> my report stands as is. would you like to add anything to the report? >> no, except the board should review the strategic foundation as a partner to the board. >> by way of reference, the foundation is an organization that's been established for 20 years now that looks to identify women and people of color and help them advance their careers in the financial industry. as we have this
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discussion about hiring we want to make sure we reflecting our values and hiring in diverse as well as qualified a pool of folks. one thing i'm personally interested can developing a relationship with the foundation to welcome a fellow in our system in our staff to get some experience with the public fund. so i will be setting up a meeting with as well as with commissioner bridges with the executive director of the foundation to develop a stronger relationship so that we will begin to do our part in bringing diversity within the financial market. let's take public comment. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. this is just >> now we are going into closed
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session. item 20, discussion item. -- reflect there is no public comment on the closed session. >> we are ready to go. thank you. i would like to acknowledge that we are going to continue item b and not to disclose discussion in closed session. >> so moved. >> let's take a vote on that motion. >> the motion is not to disclose and discuss closed session. >> i made the motion. i was seconded by commissioner mei berger. all in favor say, "aye". >> aye. >> any opposed? the motion passes unanimously. thank you very much. we are now in open session. thank
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you. mr. clerk, is there anything else on the agenda? all right. this meeting is adjourned. [ meeting is adjourned ] >> >> >> hello, i am with the recreation and parks department.
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we are featuring the romantic park location in your backyard. this is your chance to find your heart in santa and cisco with someone special. -- san francisco with someone special. our first look out is here at buena vista park a favorite with couples and dog walkers. both have a significant force. a refreshing retreat from urban life. the romantic past that meander up and down the park under pines and eucalyptus. hang out in this environment and you might see butterflies it, fennel, and then the lines. -- dandelions.
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is ada accessible. public transit is plentiful. we have conquered the steps we have watched the dogs, and we have enjoyed a beautiful view. this is a place to take someone special on a romantic stroll and enjoyed a beautiful look out. welcome to corona heights located in the heart of this district. it offers a view of the downtown skyline the bay bridge, and the east bay. it is one of the best kept secrets in the city. it is hardly ever crowded. on any given day, you will run into a few locals. bought a 37 bus to get there without any parking worries.
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for legged friends can run freely. there is also a patch of grass for the small box. >> it is a great place. it is a wonderful place to have these kinds of parks. that dog owners appreciate it. >> take time to notice of the wildfires that are on the grassland and keep your head out on the lookout for hawks and other bird life. be sure to take your camera and be prepared to take a view of the city will not forget. it has a beautiful red rock formations. you could watch the sunrise over the bay. this is another one of our great lookouts. we are at mount davidson. 928 feet.
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this is the place for you to bring someone special. to not forget that dogs and enjoy all of the pathways and greenery that surrounds you. it provides a peaceful oasis of open space and great hiking trails. the spectacular view offers a perfect place to watch the sunrise or sunset with someone you love. >> it is a good place to get away from the hectic life of the city. come up here and listen to nature, i get some fresh air. that view is fantastic. >> where sturdy shoes . hikers get the feeling of being in a rain forest. mount davidson is also a great place to escape the noise and the bustle of the city. take the 36 bus and it will drop you at the entrance.
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it is quite a hike to the top but the view is worth every step. this is the place to bring that someone special. golden gate park's largest body of water is an enchanting place. is a popular spot for paddling around in boats, which can be rented. created in 1893, it was designed for these your boating -- for leisure boating. it is named for the wild strawberries that once flourished. there is also a waterfall, two bridges and trails the climb to
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the summit, the highest point at more than four hundred feet. you can catch glimpses of the western side of the city that make this hilltop a romantic look out. for public transit, i take the n train. the lad the ad -- lake is ada accessible. watch many ducks swans, and siegel's. -- seagulls. it is a great place to stroll and sail away. many couples come here to take a ride around a lake going under the bridges, passing the chinese pavilion and the waterfall. for a quiet getaway, making for a memorable and magical experience.
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located on 19th avenue this growth is the place to where you're hiking boots, bring the family and the dog because it has so much to offer you and your loved ones. it is a truly hidden gem in the city. the park is rich with eucalyptus trees. long paths allow you to meander, perfect for a dog walking in a wooded environment. >> i enjoy the history. the diversity of nature that exists in such an urban city concrete streets cars we have this oasis of the natural environment. it reminds us of what the history was. >> there is a section for dogs and plenty of parking. transit is available on the 28
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bus to get you very easily. the part is ada -- park is ada accessible. it is also a natural lake. this is your chance to stroll around the lake and let the kids run free. it also has many birds to watch. it is a place to find and appreciate what you -- a wonderful breath of fresh air. come and experience in this park and enjoy the people, picnics, and sunshine. this is a lovely place to take a stroll with your loved ones. in the middle of pacific heights, on top of these hills, it offers a great square a
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peaceful beauty, large trees and grass and greenery. it features tables and benches a playground, restaurants, and tennis courts. there are plenty of areas for football and picnics. it is very much a couple's park. there are many activities you can experience together. stroll on the pathways bring your dog or just picnic at one of the many tables and enjoy all that it has to offer together. many couples find this is a perfect park to throw down a blanket and soak up the sun. it is a majestic place that you can share with someone you chairs. lafayette park is also easily accessed from the 47, 49, and 90 buses. it is ada accessible.
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we are here at the historic palace of fine art in the marina district. originally built for the 1950's exposition, the palace is situated on san francisco's number waterfront. it is ada accessible and is reached by the 28 30, and 91 bus lines. set against the reflecting waters of the lagoon and eucalyptus trees, the palace is one of san francisco post most -- san francisco's most romantic spots to relax with that special someone while listening to the water and gazing at the swans. a beautiful to view from many locations along the mattoon, an
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ideal place to -- all -- lagoon, an ideal place to walk with a loved one. reservations for weddings are available at discarding contains plants referred to by william shakespeare's plays and poems. welcome to the shakespeare garden here in the famous golden gate park. located near the museum and the california academy of sciences the garden was designed by the california spring blossom and wildfirlower association. here is a truly enchanting and tranquil garden along a path behind a charming gate.
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this garden is the spot to woo your date. stroll around and appreciate its unique setting. the gorgeous brick walkway and a brick wall, the stone benches, the rustic sundial. chaired the part -- share the bard's word hundred famous verses from a shakespearean plays. this is a gem to share with someone special. pack a picnic, find a bench, and enjoy the sunshine, and let the whimsical words of william shakespeare and floats you and your loved one away. this is one of the most popular wedding locations and is available for reservations. take a bus and have no parking worries. shakespeares' garden is ada accessible.
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located at the bottom of this hill, it is a secret garden with an infinite in captivating appeal. carefully tucked away it makes the top of our list for most intimate pyknic setting. avoid all taurus cars and hassles by taking a cable car. or the 30, 45, or 91 bus. the garden was designed by thomas church in 1957. grow old with me the best is yet to be is inscribed on a sundial. it is anchored by twin white gazebos and flowers that bloom
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year-round. this is the place to tell someone special or the place to declare the commitment you two share. weddings and the event reservations are available for this adorable hidden gem. we know there are many other romantic parks in san francisco. we hope you have enjoyed this torre of lookouts picnics, and strolls that are available every day. until next time, do not forget to get out and play. for more information about reserving one of these romantic locations or any other location call 831-5500. this number is best for special events, weddings, picnics, and the county fair buildings. or for any athletic field call 831-5510. you can write us at --
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or walk in and say hello. and of course you can find more information -- >> hello. welcome to "culturewire." we are here today with bay area artist jody chanel, and we are here to see the plaza where your piece has just been installed. >> i have been doing large-scale paintings in the galleries and museums, and the idea that in the future, i could do something that would hang out a little bit
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longer than the duration of the installation the kind of appeal to me. i quickly found out about the san francisco arts commission school and realized there was a pre-qualified school you had to apply to, so i applied to the. >> how long did it take you to develop this work for the plaza? >> this was a fast track projects. design development was about a month. >> let's look at the beautiful mural. i have never seen a mural created on asphalt. >> the heat of the asphalt, a new layer of asphalt. then, these wire rope templates that were fabricated for the line work get laid down and literally stamped into the asphalt and then everything
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was hand-painted. >> maybe you could talk about some of the symbolism, maybe starting in the middle and working out. >> [inaudible] the flower of industry. >> it is like a compass. there's an arrow pointing north. >> within the great bear consolation, there are two pointed stars here. they typically lead one to the northstar, otherwise known as polaris. so i thought it has a layer of theme. >> let's talk about some of the other elements in the peace. we are walking along, and there is a weather vane. there's a sweet little bird hanging on the side. what kind of bird is that? >> [inaudible] the smallest of the gulf species, and it lives around the bay area. >> you want to talk about the types of flour patterns that you
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send? >> [inaudible] around 1926 or so by the dahlia society. >> what is this bird here? >> that is the california quail. >> coming up here, we had a little blustery theme. what is this area here? >> this is supposed to be the side view, the expense of the golden gate bridge. >> there it is. >> there are really beautiful elements of architecture still around i would say that it gives that feeling over to the work. >> what are your hopes for it? >> that in a way it just becomes part of the area. i think it is starting to have
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that feeling. people utilize it. they sit and, and have their lunch and play on -- they sit and, and have their lunch and play on that -- they sit and come and have their lunch and play on it. just for it to be part of the neighborhood. that is my hope. >> is such a beautiful addition to our public art in san francisco. thank you for joining us. it was nice to meet you. and thank you for telling us about your beautiful mural. thanks for watching "culturewire." good afternoon everybody and welcome to the san francisco bord